Garlic Scape Recipes: Pesto (2 Ways) & Garlic Scape Compound Butter

Garlic Scape Recipes: Pesto (2 Ways) & Garlic Scape Compound Butter

When I first started growing garlic years ago, I did so with little expectation. I’d taken a single bulb of garlic from our local whole foods co-op which consisted of 9 cloves, dug a trench and planted them in the fall. The following spring, it was so exciting to see the little green spears emerging […]

Of Children, Chickens, and Chainsaws

Of Children, Chickens, and Chainsaws

If there is one thing that I was taught well in my childhood, it is that you should work hard. I always had chores- whether it be taking care of the chickens or helping to haul in firewood to washing dishes and cleaning the house. We didn’t get paid for these things, but we were […]

My Small Kitchen Makeover: Before & After

My Small Kitchen Makeover: Before & After

Hands down, the room where I spend the majority of my time in is the kitchen. It’s where we share our meals, visit with friends and family, process hundreds of animals to fill our freezers, can, prep, and preserve our food, and is essentially the heart of our humble home. But as central of a […]

What Should I Plant in My Garden? (How to Prioritize in the Garden this Year +Free Worksheets)

What Should I Plant in My Garden? (How to Prioritize in the Garden this Year +Free Worksheets)

I love me a good seed catalog. Flipping through pages of colorful vegetables, berries, fruits, and flowers of all kinds. New and exciting varieties. Squirrel effect comes on in full force. “Oooh…look at that. Dragonfruit. I want dragonfruit.” But wait a second- dragonfruit is, like, Zone 100. Erin, you’re zone 3. “But it’s sooo pretty! […]

How I Grew 600 Pounds of Potatoes

How I Grew 600 Pounds of Potatoes

There’s something about a hoard of potatoes that makes me feel safe. Let me explain. As someone who raises and grows food with the intent of feeding the family year-round, I find myself focusing on those foods that can be grown in large quantities and that store well- long past their harvest date. Root crops […]

What to Can in Winter: Raspberry Mango Jam

What to Can in Winter: Raspberry Mango Jam

It may sound surprising, but I make most of my jam during the winter months. Primarily due to two reasons: (1) Berries freeze extremely well. And since you have to mash the berries to make jam, the freezing process makes that part significantly easier. (2) From the time the snow melts until it falls once […]

Home Canning: What Type of Canner Do I Even Use?

Home Canning: What Type of Canner Do I Even Use?

If colorful jars full of home grown food is what your dreams are made of, my-oh-my do I get you. My fascination with old food, old ways, and even old mason jars goes way back to my childhood. Hands-down my most favorite home we ever had was the 100-year old single room log cabin with […]

Kitchen Convictions [How to Identify Your Deal Breakers]

Kitchen Convictions [How to Identify Your Deal Breakers]

I’d like to think that I’m the opposite of a snob.   I’m not ashamed to only own one pair of jeans- my “going out” pants. The rest of the time you can find me in comfy stuff. I have no idea what is in style. My favorite shoes are my duct taped camouflage Muck […]